Minimum Wage: Michael Saltsman of EPI & Gordon MacInness of NJPP to Present at League of Women Voters Forum

The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley will hold a forum, The Effect of the Minimum Wage on the Economy, on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm, at the Closter Public Library Community Room, 280 High Street in Closter, New Jersey. The forum will provide voters with information to make an informed decision about the New Jersey Minimum Wage Increase Amendment, Public Question 2 (SCR1) that will appear on the November 5, 2013 ballot. The event is free and open to the public.

The presenters will be Gordon MacInnes and Michael Saltsman. Lucy Heller from the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley will serve as moderator.

MacInnes is President of New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that has done extensive research on the issue of Minimum Wage and how this affects the economy. A fellow at The Century Foundation in New York, he was previously a lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. MacInnes served as deputy director of the White House Task Force on the Cities during President Lyndon Johnson’s administration.

Saltsman is research director at the Employment Policies Institute (EPI), a non-profit research organization dedicated to studying public policy issues surrounding employment growth. Previously, Saltsman worked as a field economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

For further information about the forum, call 201-391-5617 or send an e-mail to For directions and parking information, contact the Closter Public Library at 201-768-4197.

The League was an outgrowth of the 19th amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote. With over 800 local Leagues throughout the country, the organization gained prestige by maintaining its nonpartisanship; sponsoring candidates’ forums for local, state and national elections; holding registration drives; disseminating nonpartisan information on candidates; and holding public meetings to discuss current issues. League membership is open to both men and women of voting age who support its mission.

The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley draws members from Alpine, Bergenfield, Cliffside Park, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Edgewater, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Leonia, Montvale, New Milford, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, River Vale, Tenafly, Washington Township and Woodcliff Lake.

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